Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Please share an actionable teacher leadership idea to be considered for possible inclusion in the regional Denver Teacher Leadership Summit, taking place January 10-11th, 2015. The deadline to submit is midnight (EST), December 9th, 2014. Note: Submission of an idea for the Denver Summit indicates that you would like to be included in a summit (either individually or on a team) to further develop this idea and to create a concrete actionable plan for teacher leadership. This is not a call for proposals or presenters. *All information submitted will be kept private unless marked "public." NOTE: All ideas and comments are subject to moderation and will not be posted until they are approved.

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Teacher Leadership

I would like to propose the tying of teacher leadership positions to the district's salary point scale in order to improve teacher retention. For example, if you work as a lead teacher or a department chair (and are able to provide evidence that you made an impact at your school site), you could earn salary points. This would heighten the prestige of the teaching profession, create an incentive to take on leadership positions ...more »

Submitted by (@chommeyer)

City : Los Angeles

State : California

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Virtual Colleague Circles to excite and educate 21st Century Math Skills

After attending the ECET2 leadership conference in Omaha, I was intrigued and excited to collaborate with teachers outside of my school and district. Once I finished Primarily Math, a Math Specialist endorsement, my love for math and promoting an exciting change to 21st century math skills deepened. As we continue to see a need to push for a deeper understanding of math computation in our students we also see a wider ...more »

Submitted by (@jill.copeland)

City : Omaha

State : Nebraska

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New faculty orientation class

When I started at my school, there was no orientation for new teachers. During that school year I would often think "I wish I had known that before now". I documented all of those items during the year and, with my principal's permission, created a new faculty orientation workshop. I lead it during a 1/2 day before the start of the school year. We go over important culture and practice items for our building, those ...more »

Submitted by (@melissa.mcqueen)

City : Denver

State : CO

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America's National Education Problem: Let's Take Action Now to Improve the System!

Because advanced learners are in every American classroom and only three states require teacher pre-training programs to include advanced pedagogy, teachers are not prepared to address the needs of advanced learners. The 2008 Fordham Institute teacher survey found: • 65% of teachers reported that their education courses and programs focused very little, or not at all, on how to teach academically advanced students. • ...more »

Submitted by (@scheib303)

City : LITTLETON

State : COLORADO

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Expanding upon Differentiated Roles

My idea is to improve the Differentiated Roles. DR is a pilot program in Denver Public Schools DPS. The vision of DR is to increase distributive leadership, improve teacher retention, extend the reach of effective teachers, improve equitable access to effective teachers, and evaluate the profession. Evaluations are based on the Leading Effective Academic Practice LEAP framework. DR Team Leads have had intensive training ...more »

Submitted by (@amberbourgeois)

City : Denver

State : Colorado

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Teachers and Students Leading Change in a Global Society: Solving Global Challenges Through Problem & Project Based Learning

In education we constantly remind ourselves that we are helping to shape the future, which of course we are, but sometimes we need to focus more on shaping the present. There are so many global challenges facing our world today that desperately need solutions, but that seem far too daunting to bring into the classroom, let alone take on as projects. As teachers we sometimes underestimate not only our student's ability ...more »

Submitted by (@helliott)

City : Raleigh

State : North Carolina

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Veterans Supporting The New

I suggests recruiting exceptional retired teachers who lead by example three to four times a week, three hours a day; give them a stipend; and let them support new teacher. This teacher leader would model various instructional techniques, classroom management, broaden content knowledge, research community resources, etc. This leader would be assigned to a grade level and a specific number of teachers. This leader can ...more »

Submitted by (@claudettecarson)

City : Mitchellville

State : Maryland

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Writing Instruction Staff Development

I created a staff development team consisting of all the instructors for writing, but the model could be applied to other subjects. Our goal was to create a cohesive, rigorous writing program across the grades which is aligned with the curriculum. Our plan for the course is to: • Work in collaborative teams (kindergarten, 1st-2nd grade, 3rd-4th grade, 5th grade, and middle school) to match the lessons in the new materials ...more »

Submitted by (@melissa.mcqueen)

City : Denver

State : CO

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Time to Teach Parents

Partnering with local community Centers and businesses to offer locations in neighborhoods for parents to come and get lessons on how to help their kids with their homework, completing financial aid paperwork for students, how to locate medical resources in the community, etc( whatever the needs may be). Having teachers in Core subject areas and required electives of the high school tutor/ teach parents how to help their ...more »

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City : Henderson

State : Nevada

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Embed Breathing Room in the Calendar and Schedule for Meaningful Collaboration, Reflection and Peer Support

The compact nature of the US calendar is the primary reason teachers aren't able to address all the expectations placed upon them by policy makers. US teachers, when compared to international peers from top performing nations, are provided far less planning time, and teach far more instructional hours in far fewer days. A redesigned calendar, by emphasizing teaching and learning, would spread out the learning over more ...more »

Submitted by (@jeremy.koselak)

City : Colorado Springs

State : CO

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Creating learning management systems that provide just in time professional development electronically for 24/7 access

I want to develop a system for teacher-leaders to use when designing PD opportunities for staff, including support staff and administrators in addition to teachers. I find that teachers know when they are ready to take on new learning and should have control of the pacing of the learning. On-site PD helps the day of the presenting, but it would be nice to have a way to have ongoing practice with the new learning in ...more »

Submitted by (@justinmckaughan)

City : Tumwater

State : WA

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Coaching and Mentoring of New and Experienced Teachers: Innovating and Diminishing the Stigma with Observation and Coaching

Observations and feedback in education have gotten a “stigma” in education. Either teachers find that it’s done too often, not enough, or that it isn't representative of their work. What I would like to propose would be developing a program or training that would allow teacher leaders to take on some of the coaching and mentoring of both new teachers and experienced teachers looking to refine their practice. Studies ...more »

Submitted by (@tmartin3)

City : Wichita

State : KS

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